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Ann4Ann4 Posts: 18
edited 9. Dec 2010, 11:15 in Say Hello Archive
I have been told I may have Arthritis in my knee, waiting to have an x-ray I cannot walk far and in pain,feeling fed up and worried as we like walking,I feel as if my life is changing,a few weeks back I were fine it seems to have come on very quickly,I am taking panadol extra which do not seem to work still in pain, I cannot take asprin so have to take care what I do take.
I have been told to keep walking thats not easy at the moment ! how can I help myself any tips please,I were told by my Dr to strap my knee up which I think may help,waiting for this x-ray may take 10 days waiting, until then I'm a bit worried being in pain and not able to walk far which is making me worry.
Ann 4

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  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,540 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello ann4 and welcome. I am sorry to hear that things are not going that well for you at the moment: has anyone suggested to you what sort of arthritis it may be? If it is OA then I think that it is a matter of pain dullers (the panadol may not have the clut you require) and possibly anti-inflammatories, your GP will be able to give you more info. If it turns out to be RA (or something along those lines) then you should be referred to a rheumatologist and other drugs will be brought into play, as that is treated very differently as its cause is immune-system related. The uncertainty of waiting is never good, that is something we all know very well on here! I wish you well and let us know how you get on by posting on the Living with Arthritis forum - that's where all the medical-type stuff should go! DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Ann4Ann4 Posts: 18
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello DD
    Thank you for writing, no I do not know what kind of arthritis it is I'm just at the waiting stage I'm afraid x-rays soon, do you know of any drugs I could take without asprin in it ? my Dr said try panadol which I have tried.... they do not seem to be working,if I could get rid of this pain I'm sure I would be a lot better you understand.
    Ann 4
  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,540 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    OK, well I don't know either but I would suspect OA, osteoarthritis. It is known as the 'wear and tear' arthritis, it seems that many people who have been very fit and very active can be affected by it and it can, like all the forms of this wretched disease, cause a deal of distress: it is not nice losing the abilities that one has always taken for granted. I don't have OA, so I cannot help much on that front, but you do need to talk to your GP about other forms of pain relief: the stuff I am on is probably far too heavyweight for you, he is the one to advise. I haven't bothered with any over-the-counter stuff for years now, because they just do not have the clout. I have PA (psoriatic arthritis) which is caused by my over-active immune system. I have to go to work now, but I will be back at about 5.30 in case you want to ask me anything else! You could also ring the helpline people here: they cannot advise on meds etc but they are good to talk to about hopes and fears. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • dorcasdorcas Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Ann and welcome to the forum :D

    I'm sorry you're having such pain just now with your knee.... and I have every sympathy as I have problems with my knees too. :roll:

    If you are in a lot of pain and the paracetamol just isn't helping then perhaps you need to see your doc again and ask if he can prescribe something more effective?

    It sounds as though you may have to wait for the results of your x rays before knowing for sure what's 'going on' with your knee and then be in a better position for getting the advice and support you need.

    Meanwhile you could post your question on our Living With Arthritis Forum? ... or as DD said phone and speak to our great helpline.

    hope to see you posting around the forums soon.

    Iris xx
  • Ann4Ann4 Posts: 18
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you Iris.
    Yes your right wait for the results of the x-ray. how are you doing what is your story.
    Ann 4
  • dorcasdorcas Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Ann :D

    I have psoriatic arthritis which affects a number of joints, and have had a few ops over the years to try to put things right. My most recent op was a wrist replacement back in June this year.

    No matter what type of arther any of us has, there are always folks here on the forum to chat with, ask questions of, to share advice or be supported.... and everyone is welcome.
    so please join in any of the forums!

    Iris xx
  • MooZillaMooZilla Posts: 1
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    hi guys newbie here.

    want to learn more and gain more friends.

    nice to meet you all guys.
  • Ann4Ann4 Posts: 18
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello friends.
    I have been told from my x-rays its wear and tear arthritis,how can I help myself to stop it from it getting any worse, do you know of any exercises I can do ? its in both knees the left one is worse.
    I cannot take Asprin so what do you think I could take for this pain in my knees.
    All for now,tying to get used to not walking like we used to do.
    Ann4
  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,540 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    So that's osteoarthritis then, which I don't have so can't help! If you post again on the LWA forum (living with arthritis) you may well find some more helpful answers - more people hang about on there and there are a fair few with OA. Like all forms of the disease it is progressive, but at what rate and how varies from person to person. AC produce some very helpful leaflets about all aspects of these conditions, so give the helpline a ring (the number is at the top of the page) and see what they can send you. I wish you well. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • tjt6768tjt6768 Posts: 12,170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    hi anne 4, hope you're doing ok? Welcome from me.. You'll find the forum very helpful, but as my dear and wise friend DD says, you might want to post questions on the living with arthritis section, more people look at that section.
    Good luck,

    Tony x:))
    e050.gifMe-Tony
    n035.gifRa-1996 -2013 RIP...
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    Cleo - 1996 to 2011. RIP
  • Ann4Ann4 Posts: 18
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello DD and Tony.
    Thank you DD and Tony I shall do that, get as much info as I can,hope both keep well and able to cope with all your problems,I do not like to think about all these problems you all have, I now know you are all out there,may you all be free of pain and take care.
    Ann 4
  • tjt6768tjt6768 Posts: 12,170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks Ann 4...
    If you do start strapping your knee up try not to do it all the time, I ended up very dependant on wearing a knee brace for many years.. I now only strap it (the worst of the two) up when really nescesarry..

    Take care, stay warm

    Tony :mrgreen:
    e050.gifMe-Tony
    n035.gifRa-1996 -2013 RIP...
    k040.gif
    Cleo - 1996 to 2011. RIP
  • tillytoptillytop Posts: 3,460
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Ann and Moozilla and welcome to the forum from me too!

    I can't add anything to what has already been said, but just wanted to say "hello" and to say that you will find lots of support and good advice here from others in similar situations so I am glad you have found us.

    Tilly x
  • Ann4Ann4 Posts: 18
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Tilly
    Thank you for that welcome, its nice if you know someone is out there should one needs to be in touch.
    What has your health journey been like ? hope things are going right for you at this time ?
    Ann4
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